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It's Murder Going Home (A Charlie Greene Mystery)
     

It's Murder Going Home (A Charlie Greene Mystery)

by Marlys Millhiser
 

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Literary agent and sometime gumshoe Charlie Greene-the heroine of Death of the Office Witch and two other mysteries-reluctantly returns to her childhood home of Boulder, Colorado, unhappy daughter in tow, to be with her mother who has just had major surgery. She finds much to keep her occupied. First and foremost, Charlie's mother is suspected of doing away

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Literary agent and sometime gumshoe Charlie Greene-the heroine of Death of the Office Witch and two other mysteries-reluctantly returns to her childhood home of Boulder, Colorado, unhappy daughter in tow, to be with her mother who has just had major surgery. She finds much to keep her occupied. First and foremost, Charlie's mother is suspected of doing away with one of her neighbors, and then there are forest fires, missing cats, and rowdy college students rampaging around town to contend with. All Charlie wants is a little peace and quiet-and perhaps a dalliance with former gawky teen Kenny Eisenburg, now a hunky police officer in her home town.

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As you'd expect, murder is the least of Charlie Greene's problems when she drops everything at her literary agency in L.A. and rushes back to Boulder with her daughter Libby to be at the side of Edwina Greene, the mother who never even told her that she had breast cancer. Edwina's friend and neighbor Reynelda Goff presses an unpublishable historical mystery on Charlie; Charlie's star author, still doing time in Folsom, acts as if he's going to fly the coop to another agent; and Edwina reveals she's taken advantage of her mastectomy to schedule some elective surgery at the same time. Someone in the neighborhood seems to be setting fires in the nearby mountains, cutting up cats, and killing deer in Columbia Cemetery, where Libby was conceived one memorably forgettable evening. All this, plus the murder of another neighbor, Andy Tollerude, whose body Charlie finds in the grave of legendary local son Tom Horn (two more homicides will follow). Squired by former fumbling teen Kenny Eisenburg, now a sexy cop giving visiting Hollywood hunk Mitch Hilsten a run for his money, Charlie ties the killings in to a sacrificial blood cult (!) that, as still another neighbor sagely remarks, "is not good for property values."

The kitchen-sink plotting makes Charlie's fourth (Murder in a Hot Flash, 1995, etc.) as busy, dizzy, and ultimately wearying as a real-life visit home. Count your blessings.

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ISBN-13:
9780140265866
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/01/1997
Series:
Charlie Greene Mystery Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.28(w) x 6.84(h) x 0.64(d)

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